Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tip#1157: Resilience Resources, Part 26 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Dead of Night

It’s a few weeks before September which means I’m about to enter six months of the depression mood changes that comes with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Though I was only diagnosed last year I’ve had a keen feeling for several years that I’ve been struggling with this since high school. It’s like I’m caught in a loop of darkness that usually lasts for about 6 months. The key is to maintain my indestructible optimism and resilience!

As I’ve documented my mental health journey on this movie blog and my Instagram channel so I could share many therapies I’ve explored to help me cope during the Fall and Winter months. Diet, sunshine and exercise helps as well as social interactions with friends and other positive energy people. I also have numerous resources for self-motivation like surrounding myself with positive quotes, audio recordings, creative projects and using prayer, meditation and the practice of gratefulness.

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Movies as medicine are still my top go-to solution that always revitalizes and sustains me through SAD. And some movies, like Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow, reflects the annual seasonal loop I sometimes feel trapped in. Here is another film I recently discovered that sent a chill up my spine with this same message!

Dead of Night (1945)

The horror film, Dead of Night, is an anthology of short stories centred around architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) who experiences a haunting déjà vu when he meets a group of people at a country house. There are five supernatural stories that are shared by amongst this group of people. Some of the cast includes Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes, Frederick Valk, Roland Culver and Michael Redgrave.
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Despite this film being made in the mid-forties it has some lasting, creepy moments and visuals! Scenes featuring the hearse, the mirror and ventriloquist's dummy were already familiar possibly from times I saw them growing up on TV. I’m not sure when but they are still very haunting.

It’s best you see this film without knowing anymore including how this connects with the theme of being caught in a loop. Just know that each of the short stories are thought provoking about strange, unexplainable experiences that many people have in real life.

If you feel trapped in some kind of recurring nightmare in your life remember to maintain your indestructible optimism and resilience. And remember that movies as medicine can help you through those times you feel trapped in a loop. Cinema can be one of your most powerful resilience resources!

Related Tips:
Tip#727: The Power in Repetition, Part 2 - Groundhog Day
Tip#762: Learning from Mistakes - Edge of Tomorrow
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything 



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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tip#1156: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 8 – Hobbs & Shaw – The Parent Trap – Easy Living

I recently saw a white butterfly fluttering around on a subway platform. It looked so surreal. And it looked trapped. I instantly felt this butterfly reflected how lost I’ve been feeling this summer. I walked past the butterfly and when the subway train arrived and I got on I turned around and saw it was right behind me as if to make sure I got the message it was telling me. Then the doors closed and hoped the butterfly would find its freedom.

The message I got was that, like the butterfly, I wasn’t really trapped and that I always have the freedom to exit my stuck situation. I thought about all options it had. The butterfly could take the east or westbound trains or tunnels, stairways or escalators if it wanted to. This was a reminder for me to do the same. I just needed to choose a direction to move towards.

So while I was waiting on the subway platform of life I’ve been grateful for three new movies I discovered that helped to lift my spirits and fill me with hope.

Easy Living (1937)

The screwball comedy film, Easy Living, takes place during the Great Depression where a wealthy banker, J. B. Ball (Edward Arnold), throws away his wife's expensive fur coat and lands on the head of Mary Smith (Jean Arthur) triggering a series of humorous misunderstandings. And despite her financial woes this leads to special treatment and offered a special deal of living in a luxury hotel.
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This was the first time I’d seen this black & white movie and was so happy with how it helped me escape my own world of woes. It transported me to older times of late 1930’s America where I enjoyed seeing old methods of dining like the Automat where fast food restaurants serve food and drinks by vending machines. Old ticker tape machines that transmitted financial information was also fun to see. I also loved seeing actors Jean Arthur and Edward Arnold from beloved Frank Capra movies.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

The action film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, is about Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), characters introduced in the main film series, forced to work together to find rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby) carrying a deadly virus and being hunted by cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba).
See: movie trailer
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Despite numerous flaws, plot holes and scenes defying natural physics this is a classic summer popcorn film that delivers pure escapism fun. It had some Sci Fi elements and was packed with high octane action sequences on exotic locations. The story also highlighted the importance of family which is a theme in the Fast & Furious series. There were also some surprise cameos and these hilarious characters helped elevate the cinematic fun!

The Parent Trap (1998)

The romantic comedy-drama film, The Parent Trap, is about identical twins, Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan), meeting for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to swap places and bring their divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson) back together. Adding to the fun were butler, Martin (Simon Kunz) and housekeeper, Chessy (Lisa Ann Walter).
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I was so surprised at how note-perfect this movie was and wished I had discovered it sooner in life! It had an amazing script and amazing performances of the twins by Lindsay Lohan in her first film role. The entire cast was excellent and they delivered many hilarious and heartwarming moments. I really loved seeing Annie and Hallie meeting their mom and dad for the first time as well as their parents discovering who they really are.

All these films felt like cinematic tonics that helped alleviate the lost feelings I was stuck in. They each had the secret power of seeping into my numb brain and re-inject some positive energy and thoughts for the rest of the day. And in the end these three films filled me with awe and gratitude for the continued magic of movies in my life.

If you are feeling stuck or lost always remember the power of cinema. Your favourites as well as new movies you discover can transport you to a different world for a few hours, clear your dark moods and rejuvenate your thoughts and feelings. They can help you to feel good again. Find a film today to re-vitalize your spirit and hope!



Related Tips:
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 - A Simple Favor
Tip#1127: Top Feel Good Movies, Pt 7 – Green Book
Tip#997: Discover Hidden Gem Movies, Part 3 - The Public Eye
Tip#1016: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 7 - La La Land

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tip#1155: Look Forward To Something, Part 2 – San Diego Comic Con 2019 - Marvel Phase 4 – Star Trek: Picard

This summer, areas of our planet have been experiencing intense heat waves and it’s been stifling here in Toronto. And it didn’t help that my recent birthday was sadly one of the most depressing I’ve ever had. There were a lot of reasons why but it left me feeling so lonely, lost, hopeless and unmotivated in my life and work. But something happened that re-injected my soul with energy and enthusiasm! Something happened to give me something to look forward to.

San Diego Comic Con is currently happening as I write this on a Sunday morning and yesterday filmmakers announced upcoming movies and TV shows in the famed Hall H that I was excited about. Though there were many announcements (Top Gun 2 and Terminator Dark Fate) the first that grabbed my heart and lifted me sky high was the trailer for the new TV series Star Trek: Picard. It was filled with so many nostalgic references to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager that I loved so much in the 80’s and 90’s!

See trailer: Star Trek: Picard

Just seeing Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard and all the fan-service surprises in the trailer made me so happy and giddy. I watched the trailer over and over and enjoyed reading comments from equally thrilled fans on Twitter.

The Star Trek trailer transformed my depressed mood so fast and the feel-good feelings continued with the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase 4 announcements for upcoming movies and TV shows. New movies included The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2 and Thor 4 as well as new TV shows WandaVision. This all energized my spirits as if I was eating delicious, chocolate cake!

As I watched Phase 4 photos and footage being posted live on Twitter I got to feel the excitement of the audience cheering as we saw the cast of each show come on stage. I don’t know anything about The Eternal comic book but I was so thrilled to see such a diverse cast that included South Asian, Mexican, African American, Chinese and a deaf actress as they were joined onstage by superstar Angelina Jolie. The film is also being directed by an Asian woman!

Watch: Each of the Marvel Phase 4 presentations

All this and more will be unfolding in the next two years and I am left feeling so enthusiastic to be around to watch all these amazing shows! Now the only thing missing is finding a warm hearted single woman who is equally enthusiastic to share this geeky cinematic journey with me! And celebrate my birthday with me next year!

For now I am feeling grateful my prayers for guidance were answered in remembering the uplifting power of cinema and the geeky passions I grew up loving. Passion really is fuel to keep each of us going especially the dark times that look hopeless. I hope you find something today to re-energize your hope and give you something to look forward to in the near future!

Related Tips:
Tip#86: Look Forward To Something - Cast Away 

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Tip#1154: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 10 - Shazam!

For the past week I have been passionately focused on learning more about wounded inner child healing. I was reminded by a good friend of the term reparenting therapy and I really resonated with this being the next step in my personal growth and break free of blocks still holding me back from my career and relationship goals.

While I search for counseling services in Toronto I found some very insightful resources on YouTube like Dr. Carl Benedict aka Counselor Carl. He explains reparenting so simply and clearly that even my wounded inner child could understand! Here’s an excerpt:

You don’t have a split personality. You have an Adult and a Wounded Child… 
… the Adult is a metaphor for the part of the brain that is rational, lives in the present moment, and sees things as they are, right here, right now, while the Wounded Child is a metaphor for the part of the brain that contains unhealed emotional wounds and traumas, usually from childhood… 
… Unhealed childhood wounds can fester in the background until a stimulus in the present moment “brushes up against them,” releasing a flood of repressed emotional pain that can instantly turn your rational Adult into an intensely emotional and irrational Wounded Child. 

Read more here: Reparenting the Wounded Child

All this research made me instantly think of inner child moments in movies that touched me deeply like Hector and the Search For Happiness and Citizen Kane and inspired me to create a new section of my MoviesForMotivation website for my top inspiring inner child movies. See: Movies for Inner Child Healing

I also discovered a new film that perfectly represented examples of the happy inner child as well as the wounded inner child!

Shazam! (2019)

The superhero action film, Shazam!, is about teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) and battles Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) who wants his powers. This highly entertaining movie is brimming with funny moments, action scenes and engaging, heartfelt child characters played by Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand.
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I was so surprised at how fun and inspirational this movie turned out to be! I loved all the kid characters, the story and the recognizable locations filmed in my hometown of Toronto! This is what a great superhero movie is suppose to be because it takes the time to engage you emotionally while providing exciting action sequences and visual effects!

The real bonus is this story features an example of a wounded child in young Thaddeus Sivana and the emotional abuse he faced with his father and older brother. It shows how this resulted in a tortured life when he became an adult. At the same time Billy and his adult self represent the fun and freedom of childhood. And he gets to play out the fantasy of having superhero powers like super strength, super speed, flying and shooting energy bolts from his hands.

Through this movie we get to see ourselves through either of these inner child characters. The story also deals with issues of bullying and abandonment and celebrates the loving power of family and belonging. If you are exploring inner child healing I highly recommend you see this film for inspiration and motivation as well as others on my movies list: Top Inner Child Movies

Our childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can profoundly affect our adult lives. And sometimes our chronic blocks in life and career could stem from a wounded inner child hiding inside us that just needs a hug or to be listened to. Find a movie today to help you connect with your inner child!



Related Tips:
Tip#1149: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 9 - Rocketman 

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Tip#1153: Everyone Sees A Different Reality, Part 2 - Spider-Man: Far From Home

The biggest revelation from years of personal growth studies, group therapy programs and psychiatric help is that things I thought for sure were real were actually an illusion. Situations, ideas or people were actually a lie. Mostly, I believed in something that turned out to be false about myself that fueled both successes and failures of my life and career.

Whether it’s daily life, in the workplace or dealing with politics each person gets to choose to believe what is real or what is “fake news”. And from what I’ve learned there are always rewards or consequences whether or not I follow my moral compass or core values. And if I ever get overwhelmed I usually seek out the re-energizing power of cinema for answers! And some of these films can inspire with shining examples of what is truth and what is fake.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

The superhero action film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, follows the events of the Avengers: Endgame film where Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his high school European vacation is halted when he must join up with another super-powered man, Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to battle giant threats called The Elementals. This is an exciting adventure filled with many action scenes and hilarious developments for Peter and his friends. It also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei and Jacob Batalon.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime

This latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe explores the nature of what makes people believe to be the truth. If something is printed in a newspaper or seen on the internet is must be true, right? Scenes in the film reminded me of a controversial technology called “DeepFake” where it is possible to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos. The results are astounding and scary at the same time.

See this amazing, hilarious example: Bill Hader impersonates Arnold Schwarzenegger [DeepFake]

During his vacation, Peter faces turning points where he realizes what he believed to be true was fake on a grand scale. And yet this film also highlights his will to face this challenge while increasing his self-esteem, courage, perseverance, resilience and the supportive relationships around him. The cool tech in the movie, stemming from Tony Stark/Iron Man’s genius, is thrilling to watch as is learning more about the aftermath from Avengers: Endgame. Highly recommend!

Movies can be a great resource of entertainment and they can also be excellent examples that demonstrate how reality is very subjective based on how individuals choose to view life. There can be rewards and consequences to these choices. Find a film today to help you find your ideal reality!

Related Tips:
Tip#1152: Life Lessons in Your Favourite Movies, Part 5 - Anna - Femme Fatale 
Tip#236: Everyone Sees A Different Reality - My Kid Could Paint That 
Tip#276: Everyone Believes Something Different - The Matrix

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